Listen, there's no doubt that not everyone is sold on the radical, snarly new look of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. But one thing's for certain, its crimped-in-the-middle seven-slot grille and squinty headlamps will look decidedly intimidating filling up rearview mirrors nationwide – at least on upper-end models like the Trailhawk shown above. But the reborn Cherokee may well become even more intimidating if new rumors have a foundation in reality. According to the generally very-well-connected Chrysler fansite Allpar, an SRT variant is coming.

It's probably safe to assume that all-wheel drive and the company's new nine-speed automatic would be part of a high-performance Cherokee, but what gets wedged in the engine bay is a matter of discussion. Allpar hypothesizes about everything from a force-fed 3.0-liter Pentastar V6 with 375 to 410 horsepower (depending on whether it goes single or twin turbo), or even a 400+ horsepower application of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine from Maserati, but it's hard to envision the beancounters approving such a scenario. There's also the possibility of this Jeep getting a version of the company's 2.4-liter turbo four with 300 horsepower, but the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 that will be available in the standard Cherokee already makes 271 horsepower, and SRT has a history of making sure its models have greater power differentials than such a drivetrain scenario would suggest.

High-power, road-biased utility vehicles are nothing new for Jeep (or the industry at large), but a Cherokee SRT would appear to have no natural competitive set to line up against. If the hi-po Cherokee gets the green light, it will be interesting to see whether that turns out to be an advantage or an impediment to the model's chances for success.


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      pynch0n
      • 1 Year Ago
      this monstrosity makes the pontiac aztec look good (or maybe that's because walter white drove it).
        Bill Burke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pynch0n
        Utter nonsense. Your comments are so over.
          pynch0n
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bill Burke
          it's just one man's opinion, billy. calm down.
          zoomy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bill Burke
          Never question MaxfromBuckhead, Below he stated this is the MOST BEAUTIFUL SUV on the planet. LOL
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still won't be fast enough to outrun its own ugliness. Flippin' HIDEOUS vehicle.
      Charlie Jorgenson
      • 1 Year Ago
      So... Very... Ugly... can't... Unsee.....
      Adam
      • 1 Year Ago
      too bad you cant out run ugly....
      zoomy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog, what is your fascination with this ugly turd? You have daily threads about this vehicle.
        cpmanx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zoomy
        It drives traffic. It makes people respond. You just took the bait.
      acurasucks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool.. Aztek on Steroids... Maybe more douchebags will drive them into ditches now and they will be totaled quicker..
        Bo Mayid
        • 1 Year Ago
        @acurasucks
        Not sure if insulting SRT and/or 4X4 drivers, or just the Jeep cherokee
      sixsix
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you haven't owned a Jeep and you aren't a Jeep person please refrain from commenting on this turd, your voice does not matter. You by no fault of your own do not understand Jeep and the Cherokee (Auto, not Indian) heritage. This car is as gay as it comes, and when I say gay I mean no disrespect to homosexuals. They don't deserve to be affiliated with this turd of a car. Bravo Chrysler employees, keep voting and artificially shaping people's opinions online. The real buyers know what a turd this is.
        S.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        Nobody cares about the online community's opinions, because most commentators are bigoted and poor and don't vote with their wallets. You are exhibit A.
        zoomy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        sixsix, how can a vehicle be GAY?
        Smilez1105
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        Wow, that was beyond offensive, biggoted, racist and just flat out ignorant. Please, don't ever speak for Jeep owners again.
        j0nny5
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        I really like it, especially with more aggressive panels and trim. I didn't at first, but if there's a diesel option, and the space is iike my xB, and it drives like a CX-5, I will seriously consider it. Maybe you're just afraid of new things.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Allow me to summarize all the styling criticisms: Waaah- this Jeep SUV doesnt look like those 200 other look-alike SUVs on the market! It looks different! Waah! I want an SUV that looks just like the other 200 SUVs on the market.
        cpmanx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Ah, but you forgot-- Squawk, looks like an Aztek. Squawk, ow my eyes. Squawk, looks like an Aztec.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The front end has grown on me and I actually like it. Same with the profile. The interior looks top notch. And I am sure the engineering behind it will be impressive. You can expect it to be highly competitive on road as well as blowing everything else in it's class away when off road. I just wish they would fix that droopy butt. They have this highly styled polarizing front, and then the back is like everything is squished to the corners so that all you see is acres of sheet metal. The back end actually looks like it is designed to carry an external spare tire. I wonder if that is a planned option for it. Which would be a challenge with the lift gate hatch, but maybe they will surprise us.
        Dixon Ticonderoga
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        This. The front end is controversial, but at least it's interesting (and, there are several callbacks to Cherokees of yore if you look, something I noticed after being stuck besides an old Cherokee in traffic for a week). The back just looks like they said, "yeah, used it all up on the face." I like it overall, but it gets an F for The Shunk.
      rjbx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn!!!! That's one ugly SUV.
      Myfierro
      • 1 Year Ago
      poor baby, born dead.
      mdcwave
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some vehicles sell despite their looks. Not gonna happen this time.
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